The Financial Times: DAUK survey on pensions shows that consultants do not trust the latest ‘promises’ that the government will pay back their tax bills on retirement.

Doctors have been clear that the only solution is scrapping the taper and annual allowance for the NHS pension. These panicked short-term proposals will not fix the problem, and by the Health Secretary’s own words may even amount to tax avoidance. Our poll shows that consultants do not trust this government’s hurried promises that they will one-day be repaid their tax bills on retirement, and that an overwhelming majority of respondents said this proposal would not encourage them to resume extra work over the winter.

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The Guardian: DAUK criticises this government’s handling of the NHS pensions tax crisis

This latest announcement – at best a stopgap – smacks of an electioneering gambit to deflect criticism of the Conservative party, who are solely responsible for this crisis. Given this government’s history on pensions reform, and its leader’s perceived casual relationship with the truth, we cannot recommend to members and colleagues that they deplete their pension pots on a hurried promise they’ll be topped up one day in the future. Doctors should continue to take steps to reduce their commitments where necessary to avoid punitive tax bills

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PRESS RELEASE: DAUK calls on political leaders to stop playing party politics with the NHS

The NHS is in a state of crisis. Whilst much attention has been focused on Brexit, doctors have watched on with increasing concern as the NHS, Britain’s greatest treasure, has been sidelines. The NHS must never be an after-thought. The Doctors’ Association UK is asking all political leaders to start putting the NHS above party politics, in the DAUK election manifesto for health. 

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Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden steps down as Chair, to continue as Co-Director

‘I never expected that when I penned that first letter to Charlie Massey the Chief Exec of the GMC fulled no doubt by sleep deprivation and a swell of collective injustice that it would be signed by 6000 doctors in 48 hours. And several MPs. And that soon after I would be founding the new social movement that would become The Doctors’ Association UK’

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PRESS RELEASE: DAUK launches election manifesto with key priorities for the NHS

The NHS is in a state of crisis. Whilst much attention has focussed on Brexit, doctors have watched on with increasing concern as the NHS, Britain’s greatest treasure, has been sidelined. It is unacceptable that it has taken a general election to put the NHS back on the agenda. Our manifesto prioritises the NHS, the patients it serves and its dedicated workforce.

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